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ISSUE DATE: October 7, 2002


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Samuel Dorsky Museum receives $102, 000 gift
The State University of New York at New Paltz has received a $102,000 gift from Ms. Karen Dorsky to benefit the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art (SDMA). Ms. Dorsky, a member of the museum's 15-member executive board, contributed the endowment to the museum's director's fund. The purpose of the director's fund is to assist the SDMA achieve its mission to support and enrich the academic programs at New Paltz, to present and exhibit a broad range of world art for study and enjoyment, and to serve as a center of Hudson Valley arts and culture. The gift is the second endowment the museum has received from the Dorsky family in as many months. In September, Ms. Sara Bedrick, the second of Samuel Dorsky's four children, gifted $300,000 to the museum.

Campus visitors "park and pay"
The campus has recently installed a visitor "park and pay" machine outside of the University Police entrance. The machine prints out a 24-hour paper permit ($1) that must be displayed on the dashboard of a vehicle. The University Police and Parking Clerk will no longer be handing out free visitor passes. Please be sure to refer your visitors to this machine. Departments holding a conference or meeting on campus that would like to provide permits to their guests can contact Linda Orton at x3347 so that temporary "Special Permit" hangtags can be issued with your department name and expiration date at a cost of $1 per permit per day. For the purchase of 50 hangtags or more, expense transfers can be submitted to an IFR for payment. Check, cash or credit card can pay for all other purchases. Please take note that one of these two permits will be the only acceptable visitor pass on campus. Contact Julie Majak at x3272 if you have any questions.

President's Diversity Grant competition announced
In order to promote the goals of diversity and affirmative action at SUNY New Paltz, Interim President Steven Poskanzer has allocated $5,000 to pilot a special program of competitive grants. Proposals are being sought for creative, innovative and results-oriented projects to enhance diversity in the campus culture or curriculum. Projects might also be for recruiting, retaining and supporting protected class persons at New Paltz. Any department, program, office, committee, group or individual may apply. Particular attention will be given to proposals that come from academic units, are interdisciplinary or collaborative in nature and originate in areas of the college that do not serve protected class persons as their primary assigned responsibility. The number of grants awarded and the amount for each will depend on the quality of applications received. Awards will range from $50 to $1,000. These grants are not intended to fund ongoing activities, but rather to encourage new ideas and projects. The deadline for applications is Thursday, Oct. 31. The recipients of the awards will be announced by Nov. 15. Funds are to be expended before June 30, 2003. Please submit two copies of the proposal, which should include: A narrative no longer than two pages single-spaced that: describes the project; states how the project will enhance diversity in the curriculum or on campus; presents a time frame for planning and implementing the project; and an itemized budget noting when funds will be expended. Lump sum budgets cannot be considered. The Affirmative Action Advisory Committee will review proposals and make its recommendation to the President. Please submit proposals to: President's Diversity Grant Competition, State University of New York at New Paltz, Office of Affirmative Action HAB, 301, 1 Hawk Drive., New Paltz, NY 12561.

New Language Lab grand-opening/la apertura grande/ grandiose ouverture/GroŖartige ÷ffnung/storartet Śpning
SUNY New Paltz will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand-opening for its new state-of-the-art Language Learning Center at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16, in Lecture Center 112. Senator John J. Bonacic, who helped secure $100,000 from the state for the project, will be the guest of honor. The center is divided into two labs located in Lecture Center 110 and 112. Each lab has 25 workstations, including four stations for disabled students. Each station is a private work area with ergonomically designed furniture and adjustable, indirect lights for a glare-free environment. Interim President Steven Poskanzer, Provost David Lavallee, and Dean Jerry Benjamin will all speak. Light refreshments will be served. The campus community is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call x3199.

photo of the new Language Learning Center

Photo by Eric Gullickson
There will be a grand-opening ceremony for the new Language Learning Center at 4:30 p.m. in LC 112 on Oct. 16.



. . . December Commencement will be held Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie. This is a ticketed event that requires candidates for graduation to register online at by Nov. 4. This year, the printed version of the Student-Planning Guide will only be mailed to the student's family at the student's permanent address. Graduate candidates and the campus community can go to for information about commencement. For specific information contact, Judy Albertson at x3972 or e-mail

. . . The Department of Economics cordially invites the college community to attend a memorial program to honor our former colleague C.R. Seshu. The program will be held on Nov. 1 from 3:30 - 5 p.m. in JFT 1010. Interim President Steven Poskanzer will make the opening remarks. Refreshments will be served. RSVP is requested. Please reply to, or call x2969.

. . . Program proposals for the 2002/03 Major Connections Program are being accepted. The primary goal of the Major Connections Program is to facilitate increased interaction between students and faculty outside the classroom by providing funding and supportive resources. This program provides assistance to faculty in conceptualizing informal, educational gatherings and/or career-related events tailored to a specific department. Professionals, alumni or other expert speakers, and promotional materials and personalized invitations, catering, and mailing labels are examples of what Major Connections can provide. This program is funded by a grant from Campus Auxiliary Services and monies from the Office of the Provost. To request a program proposal form or for more information, please contact Tonda Highley at x3236, or e-mail

. . . The Senator Charles Cook Children's Center would like to invite the campus community to a celebration in honor of the new building and Inge Kraus' 25 years of leadership at the children's center. The Event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 13. Please bring anecdotes and memories to share and a pot luck dish. Donations will be accepted and applied towards landscaping the new site. Activities will include a tree planting, live music and story telling. Contact x2910 for more information.



Professor emeritus David Nightingale (Physics) has had his essays covering the lives of over 40 scientists, artists and engineers broadcast on Midday Magazine (1999 - 2002), WAMC's Northeast Public Radio.

Dean John Harrington (School of Science and Engineering) presented a paper at the September 2002 NIH Sickle Cell Conference held in Washington, D.C. His work "Redox Properties of an Acellular Hemoglobin-Based-Oxygen-Carrier" examined the role of endogenous plasma reducing agents in affording protection against oxidative events associated with the potential use of acellular hemoglobins in clinical transfusions.


Alumni in the news

Roberta Josephson, a former English major and journalism student, has published her first book, titled, "Mohonk Mountain House and Preserve." This picture history book of New Paltz's world-famous resort and surrounding nature preserve is one of over 1,000 titles nationwide in the "The Images of America" series by Arcadia Publishing. Josephson received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1987 and her Master of Arts degree in 1990. Josephson said, "The captions for the book were short -- only 50 to 70 words -- so they had to be crisp, but packed with lots of details. While writing them, I went back to the lessons I learned from professors Rob Miraldi and Howard Good."


In Memoriam

Gary Mace, 55, a member of our campus community for the last 14 years, died at work on Monday, Sept. 30. Gary was most recently a supervising janitor in the Custodial Department. Everyone who knew Gary was fortunate to be associated with a compassionate and caring person who was always willing to help everyone in our campus community without question, and always with a smile.

Kurt Haas, 71, a retired SUNY New Paltz Professor of Psychology, died at home on Saturday, Sept. 28, of pancreatic cancer after living with Parkinson's Disease for the past 17 years. Born in Greisheim, Germany, he came to the United States at age 7. A 40-year resident of New Paltz, Haas was known for his good humor, sharp, creative intellect, ready wit and generous spirit. Memorial gifts may be sent to the SUNY New Paltz Foundation, 1 Hawk Drive., , New Paltz, NY 12561-2443 for the Kurt Haas Memorial Scholarship to be awarded to an outstanding first-generation college student.


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